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Coming up on News 7-
Tuition is going up at Virginia Tech.. We'll tell you how much students will have to pay coming up-
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plus paying the price for too much rain- The Governor Declares a state of emergency in parts of Southwest Virginia.
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More rain in the forecast? That's the main weather story tonight.

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Also today, Mike Stevens will have an update on Winston Cup driver Tony Stewart,
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and a hospital in our region has been sold. We'll tell you what it could mean to its employees.
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Too much of a good thing leads Governor Mark Warner to declare a state of emergency in parts of Southwest Virginia.
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Flooding caused by heavy rains forced evacuations in the far southwest section of the state today.
Blocked roads and heavy damage led the Governor to declare a state of emergency for several counites including Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington and Wise Counties- as well as the city of Norton.
Authorities in Wise County say about 400 people there were evacuated to shelters as minor mudslides closed several roads and bridges.
The state Department of Emergency Management says six inches of water is covering the main street of Coeburn.
In Saltville, Record flooding along the Holston River drove 15 people from their homes.
In Lee County and the town of Saint Paul, 60 people were stranded last night.
The governor has authorized up to 100 National Guard members and heavy equipment to help with evacuations.
The National Weather Service reports that four to seven inches of rain have fallen in southwest Virginia in the past 36 hours.
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Roanoke City Council has voted down a proposal to re-name a portion of Elmwood Park in honor of Reverend Martin Luther King.
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Joe Dashiell is downtown tonight with more on the controversial vote.
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The final number is in for tuition hikes at Virginia Tech....
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Today its Board of Visitors voted in a "nine percent increase" for all students. It means about 250-dollars more for state residents and 1-thousand dollars for nonresidents. Tech officials say Virginia's budget reductions will cost the school 13-percent of funding. The tuition increase will raise about 11-million.
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((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN; EVEN WITH A TUITION INCREASE LIKE THIS FOR INSTATE STUDENTS TUITION IS STILL LESS TODAY THEN IN WAS 10-YEARS AGO FOR A VIRGINIA STUDENT AND INDEED VIRGINIA TECH IS STILL THE LEAST EXPENSIVE OVERALL PACKAGE OF ANY SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA SO STILL WE THINK THAT TECH IS STILL A REALLY GOOD BUY.))
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Financial aid is being increased to assist students. Officials say Tech still has to make cuts within the University...including jobs and programs to meet its budget. Details on which departments will be most affected are expected in May.
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One company's re-location to Rockbridge County will bring 64 new jobs to the area.
Power Systems International chose the Natural Bridge Industrial Park over locations in Tennessee and West Virginia.
The company makes mobile power generating systems designed for military use.
The Governor's Opportunity fund provided 50 thousand dollars to assist with the project.

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The Pentagon is declaring success for Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. We'll have the details next,
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[VO] and if you have an 11 year old Toyota Camry, we'll tell you why you may want to watch where you park.
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After months of talks, it's official tonight.
Province health care has agreed to buy Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
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The deal does contain a number of stipulations.
All employees will continue when Province officially takes over the hospital.
Province agrees not to reduce services for two years after the sale.
The company also plans to renovate the top three floors of the facility.
Proceeds of the sale will be put in a foundation for charitable purposes in the area.
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Operation Anaconda has come to an end- and U-S commanders are calling it a big success.
But as Teri Okita reports, not all coalition leaders are claiming victory.
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(( WITH THEIR MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, COALITION TROOPS CAME DOWN FROM THEIR MOUNTAIN PERCHES IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN. U-S COMMANDERS CALL OPERATION ANACONDA AN ABSOLUTE SUCCESS. Gen. Tommy Franks/U.S. Central Command: You did it. You did it on time. You did it with a good plan. You did it with violent execution. BUT SOME SENIOR AFGHAN LEADERS ARENT READY FOR PATS ON THE BACK. EVEN THOUGH U-S SPECIAL FORCES KILLED 16-ENEMY FIGHTERS TRYING TO FLEE ON SUNDAY, THE AFGHANS CONTEND TOO MANY AL-QAEDA HAVE ESCAPED DURING THE TWO-WEEK OPERATION. THE PENTAGON DISAGREES ... AND AS BRONZE STARS WERE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING SOLIDERS IN AFGHANISTAN, MILITARY OFFICIALS SAID ANACONDA WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. Victoria Clarke/Pentagon Spokeswoman: I don't think its beyond belief to say that somewhere in the general vicinity of what we've come to know as Operation Anaconda, something might pop up again. I'm not saying its a certainty. I'm not saying I have knowledge that's going to happen. I just think its likely. THE FIGHTING IN "THIS" MISSION MAY BE OVER, BUT HUNDREDS OF COALITION TROOPS ARE STILL SEARCHING CAVES FOR ANY CLUES THAT MAY HELP THEM IN THE ON-GOING WAR. Teri Okita/Reporting: And here in Washington, the State Department is responding to Sundays attack on a Christian church in Pakistan. Its warning Americans traveling abroad to remain alert even at innocuous places like churches, restaurants, and schools. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

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Closing arguments are underway in the California dog mauling trial.
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Prosecutors are trying to portray the defendants as cold and uncaring-
Assistant District Attorney Jim Hammer referred to a TV interview in which he says Marjorie Knoller appeared to blame the victim for her own death.
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((JIM HAMMER/ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY: WHAT THIS CASE BOILS DOWN TO IS A YOUNG WOMAN RIPPED TO DEATH FROM HEAD TO TOE IN THE HALLWAY OF HER APARTMENT.))
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The defense claims the attack was nothing more than a horrible accident.
Knoller is charged with second degree murder-
Her husband, Robert Noel, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
If convicted, Knoller faces 15 years in prison and Noel faces up to four years.
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Just which car was the most stolen last year? The 1991 Toyota Camry tops the list.
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That's according to CCC Information Services- The company actually says the Honda Accord was the most stolen regardless of model year.
And overall, total auto thefts went down about 3 percent last year.
But the downside is- the theft of trucks and sport utility vehicles has gone up 7 percent since 1997.
CCC information services identifies the most stolen vehicles based on total losses by insurance companies in North America.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will show us a unique new restaurant.
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The restaurant business usually requires a lot of night and weekend work, but one new establishment is carving out a different niche in downtown Roanoke.
Patrick Evans looks inside "Eric's", a new restaurant in a unique location.
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Still ahead on News 7 at 5, Jeff Gordon asks for privacy as he deals with a divorce,
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[VO] and we will see what cool new movie made close to 50 MILLION dollars this weekend.
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On Wall Street today, the stock market ended in mixed territory a day ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting on interest rates.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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The new movie "Ice Age" put the chill on the competition at the box office this weekend.
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The computer animated family film about three prehistoric pals debuted with a staggering 47-point-nine MILLION dollars.
That's a record for a movie opening in March.
"Ice Age" made more than twice the money of the number two picture.
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The video game adaptation "Resident Evil," brought in 18 million dollars.
"Showtime" with Eddie Murphy and Robert Deniro premiered in third.
Last week's number one movie, "The Time Machine" drops to number four.
And "We Were Soldiers" brought in another nine million dollars for the fifth spot.

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the start of the work week ticker, that begins with some good injury news from the NASCAR front.
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Tony Stewart is back home today after the results of an MRI test performed this morning proved to be negative. Stewart spent the night in a Florence, South Carolina hospital for observations purposes after he was
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involved in this wild wreck yesterday at Darlington. Stewart was briefly knocked unconscious and later complained of numbness in his lower back and left foot. He'll find out if he well or not when the circuit hits Bristol later this week.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll talk with Joe Gibbs about Stewart - who proved once again yesterday that he is hard headed in more ways than one.

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The day after leading the most laps at Darlington, but also apparently losing his wife, Brooke,
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Jeff Gordon finally released a statement today in response to his the divorce papers filed by wife Brooke in Palm Beach County, Florida. Gordon asks his fans to respect his privacy and that he hopes it would completely inappropriate to comment on this matter publicly.
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The Road to the Final Four resumes right here on Your Hometown Station this Thursday night with another doubleheader from the Sweet 16.
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[go to pinnacle 6998] The action opens Thursday night with Duke and Indiana from the South region with coverage beginning at 7:30. The second game on Thursday night pits Pittsburgh and Kent State - a team that has now won 20 straight contests.
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[go to pinnacle 6999] Friday night U-Conn carries the Big East banner against one of the remaining Cinderellas - Southern Illinois and former Hokie Rolan Roberts. And clear your schedules for late Friday night as Maryland takes on Kentucky. The Road to the Final Four is right here on WDBJ-7.
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The Roanoke Dazzle is home tonight taking on the Asheville Altitude in the team's next to last home game of the year. The Dazzle will tip things off tonight at seven. If you can't catch the team tonight - Friday is your last chance to see the Dazzle in action in the team's inaugural season. We will have highlights for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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Coming up at the top of the hour, words from Tech women's coach Bonnie Henrickson as her team looks for its third straight WNIT win and she looks for a new contract. Plus, we'll check in a unique combine today at Hargrave Military. Jean will be right back in just a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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An old favorite returns to downtown Roanoke in a new home.
Studios on the Square Gallery which houses artists, their studios and their work has carved out a new niche in the downtown mix.
Jacey Birch shows us around.
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